Accession Number:

ADA539240

Title:

The New Worlds Observer: The Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Study

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL OBSERVATORY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

We present the results of the Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Study for the New Worlds Observer NWO. We show that the use of starshades is the most effective and affordable path to mapping and understanding our neighboring planetary systems, to opening the search for life outside our solar system, while serving the needs of the greater astronomy community. A starshade-based mission can be implemented immediately with a near term program of technology demonstration.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE